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Member since Jun-01-05 · Last seen Sep-22-19
Started playing in tournaments from a young age and reached 1800 USCF, now trying to make a comeback in my early twenties! Current USCF: 2100

   joddle has kibitzed 30 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-01-17 Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
joddle: I think Caruana tried way too hard to win here.
   Nov-28-17 S Shankland vs Wang Yue, 2013
joddle: Tough comments on here. You guys are citing a single game as a prime example of why the FIDE rating system should be reformed?
   Jul-05-17 S Williams vs G Jones, 2011
joddle: What a disaster for white. After 11. Rb1? Qd5 black skewers the knight on e4 and rook on h1, as well as threatening to play Qxa2xb1, so white is already lost.
   Jun-05-17 I R Ortiz Suarez vs S Shankland, 2017 (replies)
joddle: <HeMateMe> Well I guess the onus is on white to show that he is better, and if he offers a draw, black accepts, at least for elite players.
   Mar-28-17 Smirin vs V Inkiov, 1992
joddle: 9... Nxe4!
   Jan-27-17 Ivanchuk vs B Cheng, 2017 (replies)
joddle: What a great game, and a highly instructive exchange sacrifice by Ivanchuk, showing black's lack of development. 22. b4 makes a particularly strong impression, showing how tied up black is.
   Jan-24-17 Portisch vs Ulf Andersson, 1983 (replies)
joddle: I doubt Andersson actually blundered into this trap as this idea is known from the early 1900s; I think he intentionally sacrificed the exchange, but to be honest I don't think black should have enough. Andersson is a great defender though and did a good job to draw.
   Dec-12-16 Yifan Hou vs J Moussard, 2004 (replies)
joddle: 19. Rxc3?! is something I might have played when I was weaker, giving back material to try to consolidate extra material, but there is no reason to do that. After 19. Kb2, white will end up having a rook for 5 pawns, which is far better than a piece for 4 pawns.
   Sep-29-16 Ivanchuk vs C Sandipan, 2013
joddle: What happened?! 32. Qc7+ is a pretty bad miss by Ivanchuk. Perhaps he reckoned that 32... Kg6 33. Qg7+ Kf6 34. Qf6+ Ke4 35. Qf3# was forced. Doesn't 32. Rf6+ Ke7 33. Qg7+ Kd8 34. Rd6+ win the queen?
   Aug-18-16 P Velikov vs I D Dorfman, 1989 (replies)
joddle: 33. Qd7 Qxg4+ 34. Qxg4 Be7# is quite a nice finish.
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